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Transport in Liberia

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Transport in Liberia

Transport in Liberia consist of railways, highways, seaports and airports.


  • Railways 1
  • Highways 2
  • Ports and harbors 3
  • Merchant marine 4
  • Airports 5
    • Airports - with paved runways 5.1
    • Airports - with unpaved runways 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Historically, three railways were built in Liberia to export ore from mines; they were damaged during civil war, and as of August 2010 only one had been brought back into service.

There are no rail connections with other countries, although there has been a proposal to extend the Bong mine railway to serve a mine across the border in Guinea.


Total: 10,600 km (6,586 mi) (there is major deterioration on all highways due to heavy rains and lack of maintenance)

Paved: 657 km (408 mi)

Unpaved: 9,943 km (6,178 mi) (1996 est.)

When construction and reconstruction of roads in Liberia is complete, the Trans–West African Coastal Highway will cross the country, connecting it to Freetown (Sierra Leone), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), and eventually to 11 other nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Ports and harbors

Merchant marine

Liberia is an international flag of convenience for freight shipping.

Total: 1,513 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 51,912,244 GRT/79,297,046 tonnes deadweight (DWT)

Ships by type: barge carrier 3, bulk 313, cargo 89, chemical tanker 167, combination bulk 16, combination ore/oil 32, container 318, liquefied gas 99, multi-functional large-load carrier 4, passenger 23, petroleum tanker 302, refrigerated cargo 69, roll on/roll off 20, short-sea passenger 3, specialized tanker 13, vehicle carrier 42

note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Argentina 9, Australia 2, Austria 15, Belgium 9, Brazil 5, Canada 4, Cayman Islands 1, Chile 7, China 39, Croatia 11, Denmark 4, Ecuador 1, Estonia 1, Germany 437, Greece 154, Hong Kong 69, India 5, Indonesia 1, Israel 1, Italy 5, Japan 90, Latvia 20, Man, Isle of 5, Monaco 56, Netherlands 12, New Zealand 1, Nigeria 1, Norway 103, Pakistan 1, Portugal 5, Russia 66, Saudi Arabia 21, Singapore 20, Slovenia 1, South Africa 1, South Korea 10, Spain 2, Sweden 9, Switzerland 17, Taiwan 29, Turkey 3, Ukraine 4, United Arab Emirates 12, United Kingdom 39, United States 113, Uruguay 3, Vietnam 1 (2002 est.)


70 (1999 est.)

Airports - with paved runways

Total: 2 Over 3,047 m (10,000 ft): 1 1,524 to 2,437 m (5,000 to 8,000 ft): 1 (2002)

Airports - with unpaved runways

Total: 45 1,524 to 2,437 m (5,000 to 8,000 ft): 4 914 to 1,523 m (3,000 to 4,999 ft): 7 Under 914 m (3,000 ft): 34 (2002)

See also


External links

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